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Puppy Training 101 Class Now Enrolling!

puppy trainingHere at Guthrie Pet Hospital, we offer Puppy Training 101–a group “manners” class for puppies and their owners. Our next class begins on Tuesday, August 28th (less than two weeks from now) and has spots available for enrollment! Here are some FAQs about the class. Continue…

Why Do Cats Love Boxes?

why do cats love boxesYou shop for hours online for the perfect cat bed, but when it arrives, the cat seems to want to spend more time in the box it came in. You go to put shoes back in a shoe box only to find the cat is snoozing in it. You try and pack a box for shipping and kitty just won’t stay out of it. But when you finally give in and give the silly cat a great big box of its own it goes and wedges itself into a ridiculously small container of some sort. Why do cats love boxes? Continue…

How To Keep Your Senior Dog Youthful

senior dog carePeople are always curious how old their pet is in human years.  Everyone has heard the basic rule of thumb that dogs age seven years for every human year.  This theory has changed slightly over the past few years.  The fact is dogs do age faster than humans, but the size of your dog also plays a factor in this calculation.  Smaller breed dogs live longer than larger breed dogs.  This week I’m discussing my senior dog, Jade, and our battle to keep her youthful. Continue…

5 Dog Training Fundamentals For Every Dog

dog trainingNo matter how young or old, every dog can benefit from learning some basic behaviors. Here at Guthrie Pet Hospital, they’re the first five skills that we teach in our puppy and beginners obedience classes. By mastering these five dog training fundamentals, you and your dog will be well on your way to a healthy, enjoyable relationship. Continue…

Shine Some Light On Your Cat’s Pain

feline pain

Wouldn’t it be great if you could talk to your cat? While it would make your life easier, not to mention your precious feline more comfortable, you could learn what’s bothering Charlie or Luna. Pain is not a secret you want your cat to keep, monitoring signs large and small is key to deciphering your feline companion.

You do have the power though to observe your cat’s routine, behavior, even subtle facial and physical features. Cats are masters at hiding illnesses and pain so, you need to pay attention before something small becomes major. Continue…

Three Tips To Leash Training A Puppy

leash training a puppyAlmost seven weeks ago, I brought home a puppy named Gimli. He was tiny and adorable and I knew that I had to start his training, even though I only wanted to snuggle him and spoil him. Since he’ll be a bigger dog when he’s full-grown, it’s important for Gimli to start learning the skills he’ll need throughout his life. The very first skill that he and I started working on together was walking on a leash. By starting early, being consistent, and keeping it fun, leash training a puppy has been a piece of cake. Continue…

Dog Flu: Is Your Dog At Risk?

dog fluThe dog flu, also known as Canine Influenza, reached the United States in 2004.  It began as the H3N8 virus at a Greyhound race track in Florida.  Since 2007, the virus has rapidly spread across the United States and mutated into the H3N2 virus.  The dog flu has currently been detected in every continental state except for one.  Learn if your dog is at risk for contracting the dog flu and how to protect your dog. Continue…

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